Missing in Action: The Week’s Overlooked News Stories

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Trump, blah blah, Marco Rubio’s yuge resignation from the 2016 presidential campaign, whatever. Believe it or not, there’s a whole world out there. Here’s three other stories that caught my attention this week…

– On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee for the Supreme Court, replacing recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia. To understate the situation, the controversy surrounding the move is vast. Should a lame duck President (with nearly a year left in his term) be allowed to nominate a justice? Is Congress obligated to give a nominee fair hearings? Are the Executive and Legislative branches of government capable of agreeing on anything? While the media spotlight was focused on these questions, President Obama sat down with Time Magazine for an in-depth discussion on race and body image in which he acknowledges slowly changing standards of beauty. He hopes these shifts inspire the next generation to view themselves and their dreams differently. Read an excerpt of this uplifting interview here.

– Ok fine. This is related to Trump. But we found a unifying issue! On the heels of this month’s Super Tuesday success for The Donald, Google announced that searches for answers to the question, “How can I move to Canada?” went up 350%. This week we witnessed Super Tuesday Part 3 in which the rise of Trump continued and talk of a contested Republican Convention was amplified by members of the GOP establishment. While the nation watched this unfolding mess, the World Happiness Report Update 2016 from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations was released. If you are horrified by the 2016 election cycle and want relocation options to consider besides Canada, you may find inspiration here.

– The world of entertainment is littered with celebrities fighting for more exposure, more money, more everything at the expense of anything else (I’m looking at you Kardashians). But this week, one sports figure stood out for his humble sanity. NBA star and San Antonio Spur Kawhi Leonard still drives the same car he drove in high school despite having signed a $94 million contact extension last summer. Read about his fascinating discipline and love for chicken wing coupons here.

What was on your radar this week?

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